Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Henan Airlines plane crashed in Yichun City, northeast China

Forty-two people were killed and 49 injured when a passenger plane overshot the runway at an airport in northeast China on Tuesday evening, state media reported.

The aircraft belonging to regional Henan Airlines overshot the runway at an airport in Yichun City, a city in Heilongjiang Province, at around 9.35 p.m. local time. A total of 96 people were believed to be on board, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Heilongjiang provincial civil aviation authorities said the Embraer E190 aircraft, with tail number VD8387, skidded off the end of the runway as it was landing at the airport. It broke into two and caught fire.

The fire that engulfed the aircraft after the crash was put out about two and a half hours after the accident, Xinhua reported.

The Henan Airlines aircraft had departed the provincial capital of Harbin at 9.51 p.m. local time, but it was not immediately clear if Yichun City was its destination. The airline website did not specify Yichun City as one of its regular destinations.

Rescue operations are continuing.

Agni Air plane crashed in Makwanpur district in Nepal

A Nepal Army team has reached the incident site in Makwanpur district in central Nepal, where the Agni Air plane crashed early Tuesday morning, and has started collecting the dead bodies.

Saroj Dhakal, chief of Central Division Headquarters, said the 35-men army team found body parts scattered elsewhere and the plane broken into pieces.

Meanwhile, following the slight improvement in weather, a Nepal Army helicopter has left the capital Kathmandu for Makwanpur to carry out rescue operation of the Agni Air.

According to the Army's Public Relations Directorate, a MI-17 helicopter, doctors and trained rescuers flew to Makwanpur, where the Lukla-bound plane, returning to Kathmandu after it could not land there due to bad weather, crashed near a local school Tuesday morning.

A total of 14 people -- six foreigners, five Nepali people and three crew members -- were feared dead in the incident.

Officials of Nepal Police, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal are also in the team. The chopper could not fly to the crash site earlier due to the inclement weather.

It is said that there is a little chance of survivors as the plane has broken into pieces and a plume of smoke is rising from the crash site.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

North Korea Air force jet crashes in China

A small aircraft crashed in northeastern China close to the border with North Korea, killing its pilot and fueling speculation Wednesday about its origin.

China's official Xinhua news agency said in several brief dispatches that the plane, which went down Tuesday afternoon at Lagu Township in Fushun County, "might be" from North Korea. It confirmed the death of the pilot and the destruction of a residential house on the ground, but added no one else was hurt. Xinhua said that the Chinese government is communicating with Pyongyang about the incident.

The crash location in Liaoning province is about 200 kilometers (120 miles) away from a North Korean air base in the border town of Sinuiju, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

An employee at Songgang Iron Ore, a company near the crash site, told CNN there was a large security presence in the area, with armed police officers and special forces agents cordoning off the crash site.

Photographs of the wreckage purportedly taken by an eyewitness have been circulating on Chinese websites, showing the North Korean air force emblem on the fuselage beneath the tail. Military enthusiasts online have identified the aircraft as a Russian-built MiG jet but differed on the specific model, with some calling it a MiG-21 fighter and others claiming it to be a MiG-15 trainer

Yonhap quoted unnamed sources in South Korea as saying the plane's pilot may have been trying to defect from North Korea to Russia, losing direction en route and killing himself on impact of the ensuing crash. Chinese commentators have speculated that the plane may have run out of fuel.

An official at the Liaoning provincial foreign affairs office declined to comment, while the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing referred journalists to the Xinhua news report.

$12.4 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite launches into orbit

An Atlas 5 rocket carrying a national security communications satellite is in orbit after an early morning launch.

The rocket launched at 7:07 a.m. Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It took into space the first of a series of new satellites that will be used for advanced military data.

The Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite, made by Lockheed Martin, has 10 times more capacity and moves data six times more efficiently than the five Milstar II communications satellites currently in use. The higher data rates can send video, battlefield maps, targeting data and other communications in real time.

The program will put six satellites into orbit over the next decade at a cost of $12.4 billion.

Monday, August 16, 2010

AIRES plane crashed at San Andres Island

A Boeing 737 jetliner belonging to AIRES airline with 131 passengers aboard crashed on landing and broke into three pieces at a Colombian island in the Caribbean early Monday. The region's governor said it was a miracle that only one person died.

Colombian Air Force Col. David Barrero said officials were investigating reports the plane had been hit by lightning before crashing at 1:49 a.m. (3:49 a.m. EDT; 0649 GMT) while landing at San Andres Island, a resort island of 78,000 people about 120 miles (190 kilometers) east of the Nicaraguan coast.

San Andres Gov. Pedro Gallardo said 125 passengers and six crew members had been aboard, but the only person killed was Amar Fernandez de Barreto, 65. At least five people were reported injured.

"It was a miracle and we have to give thanks to God," the governor said.

Barrero, commander of the Caribbean Air Group, said by telephone from San Andres that "the skill of the pilot kept the plane from colliding with the airport."

Barrero said the 7,545-foot (2,300-meter) runway had been closed because parts of the plane were still scattered across it.

The AIRES jet had left the Colombian capital of Bogota at about midnight.

Police Gen. Orlando Paez said by telephone that a group of police officers who had been waiting at the airport for the plane to take them back to the Colombian mainland aided in rescuing the victims.

Monday, August 2, 2010

HondaJet

The HondaJet is the first venture into aviation for Honda, more commonly known for its cars and motorcycles, with the brand saying that it incorporates many technological advances in aviation design.

Among them are engines that are mounted above the wing instead of below, which Honda says significantly reduces drag (improving fuel efficiency), cuts noise pollution on the ground and creates additional space in the aircraft cabin.

HondaJet

Honda says that the factory for the new jet will be completed in early 2011 so that the aircraft can be delivered to its first customers in the third quarter of 2012 with a price tag of $US4.5 million ($5 million).

HondaJet

HondaJet

HondaJet

HondaJet

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Nevada-based Aerion Corporation is championing the comeback of supersonic air travel in the form of a new executive jet. The company says it has already received $US4 billion in orders for the Aerion Supersonic Business Jet, which it expects to be launched in 2014.

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

At its top speed, the company says the jet will shave about three hours off the flight time between Paris and New York.

In theory, you could take-off from Paris at 8am and touch down in New York in time for a breakfast meeting.

Cessna is also building a jet called the Cessna Citation X. It is claimed to be the fastest civilian aircraft in the sky, cruising just shy of the sound barrier at Mach .92.

The Aerion Supersonic Business Jet

Cost: Starting from $US80 million, depending on the fitout

Maximum speed: Mach 1.8, (1030 knots / 1909 km/h)

Cruising speed: Mach 1.7 (966 knots / 1790 km/h)

Paris-New York: 4:14 hours

Seating: 12 passengers ( a 50-seat version is in the works)

Crew: 2

Expected launch date: 2014

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